ORLAEF partners with the industry to provide workforce development solutions.
Hospitality management professions are expected to grow 5–8% in the next decade. In Oregon, the hospitality industry is a $9.2 billion industry, directly generating some 91,100 jobs and indirectly creating another 41,000 jobs. As a result, 1 out of every 9 jobs in Oregon is in the hospitality industry.
As hospitality careers expand, restaurant and hospitality industries are in need of well-trained, highly knowledgeable and skilled professionals. ORLA and its Education Foundation support educational opportunities and job training programs that help ensure the vitality of one of Oregon’s largest economic drivers - the hospitality industry.
Post-Secondary Four-Year Degree Programs
Marylhurst University offers the only 4-year degree (bachelor of science) in Hospitality Management in the Portland Metro area. The program caters to working professionals seeking to advance their careers in the hospitality management industry; combines key career skills in restaurant management, hotel management, membership clubs and resorts and destination travel leading to careers in managerial roles.
OSU-Cascades in Bend provides students with the skills and knowledge to become leaders and innovators in the hospitality industry. Classes are offered in business and operations management, food and beverage operations, technology, entrepreneurship. In addition to core curriculum, the program provides a specialization in ecotourism and sustainability.
Hospitality Training & Certification
The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) continues to meet the needs of the industry with a variety of hospitality solutions, including online learning, professional certification, and resources for high schools, colleges, and workforce agencies.
Use their training programs and distance learning platforms for your hotel staff certification and training. AHLEI is the global leader in hospitality training and hotel management certifications and offers online learning and courses with textbooks and digital material to enhance the hospitality learning experience. AHLEI’s programs are all recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and conform to the best practices in the hotel and lodging industry.
As a nonprofit subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Educational Institute offers a savings of 20-40% on all AHLEI resources to members of AH&LA. For more information on EI’s training solutions, visit AHLEI’s website.
High School Career & Technical Education (CTE) Training
Graduates of the two year Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP) program can earn their Certified Hospitality and Tourism Management Professional (CHTMP) certification, which provides a base for other accredited and internationally recognized stackable certifications for the industry.
Detailed information about this Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum can be found here. Key elements of the program include:
Instructors often come from the industry and/or are certified as Business and Marketing cluster educators. A professional certification for teachers is also offered from AHLEI.
We welcome the opportunity to talk with you, learn more about your goals, and help determine if any of these programs are a good fit for your training needs and goals.
Please contact Wendy Popkin, Executive Director, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation, 971.224.1505.